United Winter Schedule, Banks Closing Accounts, Ethiopian Airlines’ Free Transit Hotel Program and More

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This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. I thought they are worth sharing so I hope you enjoy reading them.

United Launches Winter Service with 50 Additional Daily Nonstops to International Cities

United launched its international winter schedule this year with 50 additional daily flights compared to last winter, and has become the first U.S. carrier to fly direct from the continental U.S. to Manila, Philippines and will be the only carrier to fly between the U.S. and Christchurch, New Zealand, starting this December. United will also be the first U.S. airline to return to Beijing when service from San Francisco resumes on Nov. 9. In total, the airline will fly to more than 110 international destinations and grow its schedule by more than 25% versus last year, the largest winter expansion in its history. ➡️ Read more

Why Banks Are Suddenly Closing Down Customer Accounts

The reasons vary, but the scene that plays out is almost always the same. Bank customers get a letter in the mail saying their institution is closing all of their checking and savings accounts. Their debit and credit cards are shuttered, too. The explanation, if there is one, usually lacks any useful detail. Or maybe the customers don’t see the letter, or never get one at all. Instead, they discover that their accounts no longer work while they’re at the grocery store, rental car counter or A.T.M. When they call their bank, frantic, representatives show concern at first. “Oh, no, so sorry,” they say. “We’ll do whatever we can to fix this.” But then comes the telltale pause and shift in tone. “Per your account agreement, we can close your account for any reason at any time,” the script often goes. ➡️ Read more

Ethiopian Airlines’ Free Transit Hotel Program

Ethiopian Airlines has a large global route network through its Addis Ababa hub, as the airline flies to four continents from there. Given the carrier’s complex network, in some cases, passengers might find themselves with an extended layover in Addis Ababa. The good news is that if your layover is long enough, you may be entitled to a free hotel room, which can make your travel experience much more pleasant. ➡️ Read more

How you can maximize the Frontier GoWild! All-You-Can-Fly Pass

Despite the implications of its gimmicky name, this is not an all-you-can-eat buffet of flights you can just dive into once you pay a one-time fee. ➡️ Read more

Wyndham Adds to Strong Asia Pacific Footprint

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,100 hotels spanning more than 95 countries, announced the opening of Wyndham Grand Ijin Busan. The 271-room hotel marks the debut of the esteemed Wyndham Grand brand into the beautiful country of South Korea. ➡️ Read more

SAS Secures $1.2 Billion From Consortium Led by Castlelake, Air France

Scandinavian airline SAS secured an investment agreement with a consortium for restructuring aid of 13.2 billion Swedish crowns ($1.21 billion), with a loan from Castlelake replacing its previous debtor-in-possession financing by Apollo Global Management, the carrier said on Saturday. The winning bidder consortium which also includes Air France-KLM, Lind Invest ApS and the Danish state, increased its proposed investment by $25.26 million. ➡️ Read more

Guru’s Wrap-up

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